San Antonio City Features

​Higher Education Institutions in San Antonio

If you’re looking for a way to continue your education in San Antonio, you’re in luck. The city is full of institutions that can offer you an associate’s, bachelor’s, or even doctorate degree. San Antonio is full of options for your higher education!

​Texas Homestead Tax Break

If the financial burden of buying a home has you running for the hills, you might want to think again – especially if you live in Texas. As rent prices continue to rise across the nation, buying a home in San Antonio can be a more affordable option for many. And while homeownership does come with its costs, like maintenance, repairs, and taxes, it’s probably not as expensive as you might think. In fact, the state makes sure of that!  Thanks to what’s called the “Homestead Exemption,” Texas residents can catch a serious break on their property taxes – just for simply owning a home.

Your Child and the State of Texas Academic Assessments of Readiness (STAAR)

If you have a child enrolled in the public school system in San Antonio (or Texas), then you know of the STAAR test.  Learn more about this state-mandated, yearly test whether you are a seasoned resident or a new one.

​Comparing San Antonio Schools: What to Look For

If you are moving to, or within, San Antonio, one of the important factors that arise is the school district you will be residing in. Many San Antonio home buyers are faced with the decision to choose between school districts in the city, and then, between schools in that school district.  When it comes to choosing the right school for your child, it can be overwhelming with the amount of information you have to look through. We’ve put together this short guide to help you navigate the waters of San Antonio schools and how to choose the right school for your child, which may, in turn, help you find the right home, in the right neighborhood for you.

San Antonio, a “Top 10” city

Adored by both locals and transplants alike, San Antonio has an appeal that goes beyond the hearts of its residents. One of the fastest growing cities in the US, San Antonio has been capturing the attention, and hearts, of the media as well. Here is a look at the top 10 rankings San Antonio has landed in the past few years.

mortgage:A contract that represents the debt owed by the borrower to the lender for the money borrowed to purchase a property.

broker:The intermediate party that looks to help transactions proceed by looking for sellers who are looking to sell and buyers who are looking to buy.

Award Winning School Districts

Among many other accolades the city of San Antonio has received, perhaps one of the most sought after is its award winning school districts.  With nearly 20 different school districts, San Antonio offers some of the top schools in the state.

Hot Spots and Recreation

Ranked the 7th largest city in the United States, San Antonio is considered a great place to live, work, and play.  When it comes to recreation and hot spots, the city offers a variety of amenities.

majority:The age of which a person transitions from a minor to an age where he can represent himself and handle his own affairs.

landmark:A very observable and obvious land formation that is used as a reference point for the boundaries of lands.

Alamo City Culture

From the Alamo and the River Walk, to the city’s hill country borders, San Antonio offers the perfect blend of culture, cuisine, and history.

6 Amazing Kitchens that Will Bring Out the Top Chef in You

Your kitchen is where you live your life. Whether you spend your time cooking, entertaining, or just chatting with your family, you want your kitchen to seamlessly blend style, luxury and functionality to fit your lifestyle. See how these incredible kitchens achieve just that!

Pre-approval:An assessment given by the lender that investigates the borrower

Mortgage:A contract that represents the debt owed by the borrower to the lender for the money borrowed to purchase a property.

access:The right to enter a land through public route; also may include entering the land from another private land.

When Urban Life is Calling Your Name: A Look at SA Downtown Living

Rather than downsize to another home in the same suburban sprawl, this new surge of empty nesters has chosen to scope out the city scene. With an array of gorgeous, low-maintenance properties, a high sense of community, and plenty of entertainment, shopping, and dining options, downtown might just be a mecca for anyone looking to experience San Antonio to its fullest potential!

Upscale San Antonio: The 9 Most Exclusive Neighborhoods in the City

While the average price of a home in the Alamo City runs around the mid $200,000 range, there are some neighborhoods that have a vast majority of homes that sell for over $1 million- something that only a small percentage of San Antonio’s population has the ability to buy. Million dollar homes, guarded gates, and luxuries beyond belief are only a few of the terms used to describe these neighborhoods. See which neighborhoods topped our list and why they are considered the top 9 most exclusive neighborhoods in and around San Antonio.

Pre-approval:An assessment given by the lender that investigates the borrower

Mortgage:A contract that represents the debt owed by the borrower to the lender for the money borrowed to purchase a property.

majority:The age of which a person transitions from a minor to an age where he can represent himself and handle his own affairs.

acre:The unit of land area that measures approximately 43,560 square feet.

access:The right to enter a land through public route; also may include entering the land from another private land.

San Antonio’s Most Eligible Move-Up Homes

Whether you’ve outgrown the space or increased your budget, it may be time for a home upgrade. So, we’ve a curated a list of 10 of San Antonio’s most eligible move-up homes. Get ready to swoon!

25 Things to Do in San Antonio in March

One of the greatest benefits of living in San Antonio is the variety of “things” to see and do. Each month, we will handpick 25 fun things to do in San Antonio…just to make planning your next Friday celebration, date night, or family outing a little easier. Take time to read and explore the many options for the month of March!

Transportation 101 For Homebuyers Moving to San Antonio

San Antonio spreads far and wide, literally covering a lot of ground. Whether you’re looking to save money or reduce your carbon footprint, we’ve put together a few transportation options for you to check out!

Want a Break on Property Taxes? These San Antonio Communities May Keep More Money in Your Pocket

Taxes. Just the word alone makes some people break out in hives. But what if you didn’t have to pay these taxes? What if you could save nearly 20% per year just by carefully choosing where you buy your home? We took a look at several of the areas around and outside the city of San Antonio and compared the different tax rates. The results were somewhat surprising, showing that some neighborhoods could save their homeowners over a grand a year in taxes.

Pre-approval:An assessment given by the lender that investigates the borrower

Mortgage:A contract that represents the debt owed by the borrower to the lender for the money borrowed to purchase a property.

mortgage:A contract that represents the debt owed by the borrower to the lender for the money borrowed to purchase a property.

Think Outside The Chocolate Box: 12 Unique Valentine Dates in SA

Recently topping this list as the “most romantic city in the country”, San Antonio offers its own take on romance. In this list, we’ve compiled 12 of our favorite spontaneous, offbeat, (and sometimes downright sultry) Valentine’s Day ideas to get you started!

25 Things to Do in San Antonio in February

One of the greatest benefits of living in San Antonio is the variety of “things” to see and do. In fact, there are so many San Antonio attractions and events on any given weekend that it can seem overwhelming to choose just one. In this series all pressure is off! 25 fun things to do in San Antonio will be chosen each month to make researching for the next Friday celebration, date night, or family outing a little easier. Take time to read and explore the many options for the month of February!

The 5 Best San Antonio Neighborhoods for First Time Home Buyers

For first-time buyers, the San Antonio real estate scene might be slightly overwhelming. Big cities offer a lot of options…but which neighborhood is best suited to you and your family? What areas promise the growth and sustainability necessary for such a long-term investment? We’ve put together a list of neighborhoods that you won’t want to miss when looking for your first home!

Pre-approval:An assessment given by the lender that investigates the borrower

Mortgage:A contract that represents the debt owed by the borrower to the lender for the money borrowed to purchase a property.

improvements:Additions to raw lands.

equity:The difference between the value of a property and the amount still owed on the property.

buyer:An economic downturn when buyers have the advantage.

buyer:A temporary agreement where the buyer will reside in the property before closing.

buyer:the agent that represents and guides the best wishes of the buyer in a business transaction, as either an individual agent or as a broker

How Rising Interest Rates Will Actually Affect SA Homebuyers in 2017

We’re here to decode the mortgage rates mystery. Below, we’ve outlined rising mortgage rates as they apply to San Antonio neighborhoods. Keep reading to learn why now is the time to buy…especially if you’re a first-time buyer in San Antonio!

It’s All In A Name: Stories Behind 15 SA Neighborhoods

As one of the oldest (and largest) European settlements in Texas, San Antonio is full of stories. And while you may know the most popular urban legends by heart, many stretch farther than the downtown historic district. Are you living on top of a piece of San Antonio history? Read below to discover your neighborhood’s origins…

The Ultimate Guide to San Antonio’s Neighborhood Coffee Shops

In the name of building community and enjoying your morning cup, we’re here to shine an early-morning spotlight on the Alamo City’s emerging craft coffee scene: a perky host of groups of roasters, entrepreneurs, and baristas obsessed with quality and committed to excellence. In this blog, we’ve listed a wide variety of shops across the entire city…which shop is in your neighborhood?

Pre-approval:An assessment given by the lender that investigates the borrower

Mortgage:A contract that represents the debt owed by the borrower to the lender for the money borrowed to purchase a property.

Biggest Bang for your Buck: San Antonio Neighborhoods

Getting the best home value for your dollar depends on which San Antonio area neighborhood you select. But it’s not just about the price of the home that matters when you choose that perfect neighborhood.  Find out which San Antonio area neighborhoods will get you the most bang for you buck.

Pre-approval:An assessment given by the lender that investigates the borrower

Mortgage:A contract that represents the debt owed by the borrower to the lender for the money borrowed to purchase a property.

built-ins:Appliances or other amenities that are built into a home and are therefore permanent.

access:The right to enter a land through public route; also may include entering the land from another private land.

San Antonio’s Historic Homes: The Beauty, The Charm, and The Nuances of Owning One

While many homebuyers are flocking towards the downtown areas filled with historic home, some are intimidated by the idea of buying one of them. What are the regulations? Will I spend a fortune on my electric bill? Will it fall apart? We’ll explore and explain the mystique of owning a historic home while showing you San Antonio’s best stock of historic housing…it’s a little more attainable than you may think!

Pre-approval:An assessment given by the lender that investigates the borrower

Mortgage:A contract that represents the debt owed by the borrower to the lender for the money borrowed to purchase a property.

interest rate:Generally expressed as a percentage, this is the periodic charge on borrowing money.

Outside the Box: 7 Unique San Antonio Homes

If you’ve ever looked at homes in San Antonio, you know that we have a distinct style of housing. But while these styles are the norm, there are several unique homes that dot the city (and the surrounding areas!). These are the homes that dare to be different; the ones that are described as “the purple house on the corner”, or “the contemporary with all the windows”. From non-standard exterior color choices to outside-the-box architecture, here are seven of San Antonio’s most unique houses.

Pre-approval:An assessment given by the lender that investigates the borrower

Mortgage:A contract that represents the debt owed by the borrower to the lender for the money borrowed to purchase a property.

San Antonio Staples:  A Look at Some of the Alamo City’s Oldest Businesses

Whether you’re new to San Antonio or you’ve lived in the area for years, one thing is obvious to everyone: the Alamo City is pulsing with a vibrant sense of history and culture. In this blog, we’ve explored several local businesses that have been in operation for decades…some well over 100 years! Many of these establishments started as mom-and-pop operations and have grown into some of the most iconic businesses in their respective fields.

Pre-approval:An assessment given by the lender that investigates the borrower

Mortgage:A contract that represents the debt owed by the borrower to the lender for the money borrowed to purchase a property.

The 16 Myers-Briggs Personalities of San Antonio Neighborhoods

In case you haven’t noticed, the internet has become increasingly obsessed with personality tests and quizzes…especially the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. We’ve followed suit! In this blog, we’ve matched each type with a specific neighborhood or area…because obviously, San Antonio has room for all 16 personality types. Which neighborhood matches your personality type?

Pre-approval:An assessment given by the lender that investigates the borrower

Mortgage:A contract that represents the debt owed by the borrower to the lender for the money borrowed to purchase a property.

master-planned community:A community with an extensive plan centered around building up infrastructure, with residential homes, commercial buildings, and public facilities.

guardian:A party assigned by the courts that oversees and carries out the wishes of a party who cannot represent himself.

access:The right to enter a land through public route; also may include entering the land from another private land.

Diverse Music Tastes = Diverse Music Options in San Antonio

The music scene in San Antonio often has to compete with Austin to bring in major national touring acts to their venues because of the prestige that surrounds our neighbors an hour up I-35. However, this doesn’t mean that San Antonio isn’t slowly working their way towards being an established, high variety music town. Here is a list we compiled of some of the venues in San Antonio that provide a variety of genres and environments to enjoy live music that we believe you must visit.

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Mortgage:A contract that represents the debt owed by the borrower to the lender for the money borrowed to purchase a property.

We Love You Austin, But Here’s What San Antonio Does Better

San Antonio and Austin have always been radically different entities. Though only an hour and a half apart, the demographics and vibes of these two Texas cities put them in totally different categories. And while Austin has been getting a lot of attention lately, we can’t help but notice the things we love about San Antonio. The result? We love you Austin, but here are 9 things we do better…

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Mortgage:A contract that represents the debt owed by the borrower to the lender for the money borrowed to purchase a property.

Beyond the San Antonio Riverwalk: 5 Other Downtown Hotspots

If you’ve lived in San Antonio for any length of time, you’re probably a seasoned pro at the whole River Walk thing by now. But, while we do love prickly pear margaritas under the river walk’s signature colorful umbrellas, it’s not the only thing (or even necessarily the best thing) to do downtown. Use your downtown hours to explore the Japanese Tea Garden, the bourgeoning art scene in South Flores, or the luxe new Hotel Emma at The Pearl!

Pre-approval:An assessment given by the lender that investigates the borrower

Mortgage:A contract that represents the debt owed by the borrower to the lender for the money borrowed to purchase a property.

mortgage:A contract that represents the debt owed by the borrower to the lender for the money borrowed to purchase a property.

San Antonio: Where Millennials Can Actually Afford Their First Home

Millennials are arguably the most unpredictable generation in regards to real estate purchases, and though the reasons vary as to why, one thing we know is where this generation is wanting to live. Urban living has become a HUGE draw to this generation, and as a result city centers and urban areas are being redeveloped and have become quite the hot spots. But what can you get in these millennial hot spots for a “millennial price”?  We take a look in this blog.

Pre-approval:An assessment given by the lender that investigates the borrower

Mortgage:A contract that represents the debt owed by the borrower to the lender for the money borrowed to purchase a property.

majority:The age of which a person transitions from a minor to an age where he can represent himself and handle his own affairs.

down payment:

down payment:The portion of the value of the property the buyer pays for without the help of financing.

access:The right to enter a land through public route; also may include entering the land from another private land.

The Five Best Margaritas in San Antonio

Looking for an excuse to find some new happy hour digs? Read this blog to discover San Antonio’s favorite margaritas. From lemon berry to jalepeno-infused to classic, our city pretty much slam dunks the margarita game.

Pre-approval:An assessment given by the lender that investigates the borrower

Mortgage:A contract that represents the debt owed by the borrower to the lender for the money borrowed to purchase a property.

guarantee:A contractual agreement to pay a debt or perform an obligation made by two parties in the event of that person

Hidden Hill Country: The Best San Antonio Parks You Don’t Know About

It’s no secret that the surrounding San Antonio landscape is gorgeous…the Hill Country has been known for years as the gem of Texas. Likewise, San Antonio’s unique architecture and historic flair have rendered it one of the state’s most beloved and iconic downtowns. But the real magic seems to happen when San Antonio’s urban charm is combined with the area’s natural beauty. Read on for several downtown parks that might just become your new favorite spot.

Pre-approval:An assessment given by the lender that investigates the borrower

Mortgage:A contract that represents the debt owed by the borrower to the lender for the money borrowed to purchase a property.

Vintage San Antonio: 6 Mad Men Era Homes That Will Make You Want to Time Travel

With the lasting pop culture effect “Mad Men” had on the country, mid-century modern homes are having their time in the spotlight when it comes to buying a home these days. Although San Antonio may be known more recently for its newer master-planned communities, there are several neighborhoods and communities around town that are filled with these vintage homes- many of them making a comeback. Find out which San Antonio neighborhoods are becoming in demand for their post war homes and see the homes that would have made Betty Draper green with envy.

Pre-approval:An assessment given by the lender that investigates the borrower

Mortgage:A contract that represents the debt owed by the borrower to the lender for the money borrowed to purchase a property.

acre:The unit of land area that measures approximately 43,560 square feet.

access:The right to enter a land through public route; also may include entering the land from another private land.

7 San Antonio Attractions Every New Resident Should Know About

As one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States it’s no secret that San Antonio is home to a number of popular attractions and destination. However, a few stand out above the rest and simply cannot be overlooked no matter how long you live in San Antonio. Here are our favorites.

Pre-approval:An assessment given by the lender that investigates the borrower

Mortgage:A contract that represents the debt owed by the borrower to the lender for the money borrowed to purchase a property.

The Texas Hill Country: More Land & More House for Your Money

Everyone knows the old adage: “Everything is bigger in Texas!” The same phrase can be said of our real estate market. If you’re looking for a high-acreage property with a spacious home, look no further. In this blog, you’ll find more information on the beauty of this area and why it’s quickly growing in popularity.

Pre-approval:An assessment given by the lender that investigates the borrower

Mortgage:A contract that represents the debt owed by the borrower to the lender for the money borrowed to purchase a property.

listing:A formal written contract that allows an agent to represent a party in the selling, leasing, or buying of a property.

15 Things About the San Antonio Riverwalk you Never Knew

The San Antonio Riverwalk is the most recognized and visited attraction in San Antonio outside of the Alamo (which is the most visited attraction in Texas). Residents and visitors alike love the atmosphere, restaurants, and entertainment that the Riverwalk provides. However, after nearly 80 years of history and multiple expansions the Riverwalk offers much more than most realize. We chose a few of our favorites.

Pre-approval:An assessment given by the lender that investigates the borrower

Mortgage:A contract that represents the debt owed by the borrower to the lender for the money borrowed to purchase a property.

Where Is Everyone Buying? A Guide to the Most Popular Neighborhoods in San Antonio

The trends in San Antonio real estate don’t lie: several neighborhoods in the area are growing rapidly in popularity…and for good reason! Take a closer look at the areas with the most sales and see if any of them are right for you.

Pre-approval:An assessment given by the lender that investigates the borrower

Mortgage:A contract that represents the debt owed by the borrower to the lender for the money borrowed to purchase a property.

built-ins:Appliances or other amenities that are built into a home and are therefore permanent.

access:The right to enter a land through public route; also may include entering the land from another private land.

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